With big audiences impossible, some of Alaska’s most popular musicians record a virtual concert

With big audiences impossible, some of Alaska’s most popular musicians record a virtual concert

Anchorage Daily News
By: Marc Lester

Many of the Alaska’s most popular musical artists performed Tuesday at the Ship Creek small-boat launch, though no large crowd gathered to see them.

Videos captured there will become the AK4AK virtual music festival, which will debut online starting at 6 p.m. May 1.

Organizers, including Showdown Productions and Anchorage Assembly member Christopher Constant, say the event was inspired by the sacrifices Alaskans made to flatten the curve of new COVID-19 cases and to Continue reading

Virtual music festival hopes to connect Alaskans during coronavirus crisis

Virtual music festival hopes to connect Alaskans during coronavirus crisis

KTVA News
By: Samantha Davenport

After hosting a successful livestream last month, Showdown Alaska is partnering with Anchorage Assembly member Christopher Constant to bring Alaskans together — social distancing style.

AK4AK, a virtual music festival, will raise money for the Food Bank of Alaska. The festival will take place May 1 from 6-10 p.m.

Performers include Blackwater Railroad Co., Medium Build, H3, DJ Spencer Lee, Emma Hill, Ava Earl, Jaybird Parkhurst and other local artists.

Hellen Payares and Raymond Continue reading

Ocean cargo continues to flow to the Port of Alaska

Ocean cargo continues to flow to the Port of Alaska

American Shipper
By: Chris Gillis 

A COVID-19 infection that shut down Customs and Border Protection’s office at the port on Thursday will not impact cargo operations, the agency said.

The Port of Alaska at Anchorage serves as a lifeline for many Alaskan residents that benefit from scheduled container loads of groceries and other consumer products from the Lower 48 states.

While public nerves in the state were rattled by supply concerns when Alaska’s governor on March 27 issued a Continue reading

No, the Port of Alaska is not closing for 2 weeks

No, the Port of Alaska is not closing for 2 weeks

KTUU News
By Mary Kate Burgess

A U.S. Customs and Border Patrol notice about the Anchorage Port of Entry had some Alaskans concerned about the transfer of goods through the Port of Alaska.

For those Alaskans worrying, the Port of Alaska is not closing. The business office of the Port of Entry of Anchorage, which is run by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, is closing for two weeks.

Jim Jager with the Port of Alaska said the USC&BP Continue reading

Anchorage mayor and shipping officials say supply chain is resilient, so stop hoarding

Anchorage mayor and shipping officials say supply chain is resilient, so stop hoarding

By KTUU News 

Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz and officials from shipping companies gathered at the Port of Alaska to deliver a reassuring message to an anxious public: Alaska’s supply chain is resilient and so far is continuing uninterrupted.

“Those goods are going to continue to arrive,” Berkowitz said, surrounded by representatives from the Port of Alaska, Matson, Tote, Marathon Petroleum, Saltchuk, and Port union workers. “I will point out, in those 600 containers are containers include the toilet Continue reading

Frontiers: Shipments continue arriving in Alaska market despite COVID-19

Frontiers: Shipments continue arriving in Alaska market despite COVID-19

KTVA News
By: Joe Vigil

As Alaskans continue to see empty grocery store shelves for some items in some stores, KTVA recently asked some major Alaska shipping companies if there are any supply chain issues right now due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The supply chain is healthy. It is working. The goods are coming to market,” said Matson Alaska Senior Vice President Bal Dreyfus.

Some shippers and Port of Alaska officials say what people are seeing at grocery stores Continue reading

Stop hoarding: Anchorage mayor, shipping companies assure Alaskans the supply chain is intact

Stop hoarding: Anchorage mayor, shipping companies assure Alaskans the supply chain is intact

Anchorage Daily News
Author: Aubrey Wieber

On Sunday morning, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz stood on a third-story deck overlooking the Port of Alaska, where workers were unloading 1,200 shipping containers of goods.

In two days, another 1,200 will arrive on Anchorage’s shore.

Berkowitz was intentionally addressing news media with a busy port as the backdrop. He wants to dispel rumors that the coronavirus has disrupted the supply chain, which has prompted residents to make a run on grocery stores, Continue reading

Anchorage mayor urges panic-shoppers to ‘stay chill’ – goods are flowing into the state without problems, shippers say

Anchorage mayor urges panic-shoppers to ‘stay chill’ – goods are flowing into the state without problems, shippers say

By Mayowa Aina, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage

Flanked by representatives of various levels in the supply chain at the Port of Alaska on Sunday, Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz said there’s no need to worry about any potential breakdown in the supply chain that puts products on shelves of Alaska’s stores.

“The ships are arriving today, they will arrive later in the week. They will do it again next week, twice, and they will continue to do that,” Berkowitz said. Continue reading

Anchorage Daily News
Author: Matt Tunseth

The late comedian Bob Hope was well known for visiting military bases around the world and his namesake ship is currently making a call on Anchorage.

The USNS Bob Hope, a vehicle cargo ship operated by the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command, recently arrived at the Port of Alaska in Anchorage to redeploy equipment and supplies to bases in Alaska. According to port records, the ship moored at around 5 Continue reading

Alaska maritime cargo companies confident coronavirus won’t disrupt shipments

Alaska maritime cargo companies confident coronavirus won’t disrupt shipments

KTUU News
By Derek Minemyer

Two of Alaska’s major maritime cargo companies, Matson Inc and TOTE Maritime say they are confident the coronavirus will not disrupt shipments.

This should come as relief both for Alaskans who have been stockpiling supplies and for those frustrated over finding empty shelves at grocery stores.

“We’re following all federal, state, and local guidelines, and taking all necessary precautions to ensure a resilient supply chain,” TOTE Maritime Alaska General Manager Alex Hofeling said.

These Continue reading